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Mindful : August 2016
CRAZE OR CRAZY Sometimes you just can’t decide if something’s ground- breaking or totally bonkers. Our jury’s out. What’s your verdict? THE LOVE TUNER To connect with oth- ers, you might prac- tice loving kindness. Or you can try the Love Tuner: a “single tone flute” (also known as a whistle?) that aligns users with “the love frequency.” Do dogs hear that too? GOOGLE GOALS You can now plug your meditation sessions into your phone’s calendar. Can’t find time? You can “defer” to later that day. Or another day. Hopefully, it doesn’t become a practice of deferring goals. “ NOW” WATCH Hate feeling pressed for time? Throw out your watch. Then spend $100 on a watch that only reads: “now.” Because that’s the time we’re always in: the present. Thanks to designer Kyle Steed for that one. What a Fuzzy Rodent Can Teach Us About Empathy Elephants, apes, wolves, and crows all exhibit soothing behaviors, such as grooming their stressed companions. But the recent discovery that prai- rie voles—adorable rodents, but not known for their intelligence—form lifelong partnerships, soothe their partners in times of duress, and seem to mourn each other, has researchers re-evaluating higher brain function as a factor in consolation behavior. Researchers at Emory Univer- sity are homing in on oxytocin, the so-called love hormone activated during physical intimacy and mater- nal bonding, which is measurable in prairie voles (but not in their close cousin, the couldn’t-care-less meadow vole). Of particular interest is oxytocin’s role in human social development, and how it might help us understand and treat psychiatric disorders, such as autism, where social bonding is disrupted. Swearing and mindfulness—match made in heaven? F*ck That: An Honest Guide to Meditation is a recently published book that began as a joke between filmmaker Jason Headley and his wife. Spoofing syrupy language common in guided meditations, Headley first made a video garnering 8 million views, then an app, and now the book. It’s clear Headley struck a chord. As one reviewer wrote, “I’ve failed at meditation my entire adult life. Part of it is my inability to get past the woo-woo language. This guy gets it.” F*ck That AD what’s new